By Diego Syz
Maple Creek’s The Star Cafe received a nod last week from the Food Network finding a cozy place on the “Ten Highway Hotspots to try on your Canadian Road Trip” list.
Tina Cresswell, co-owner of The Star Cafe, first heard about the article from Gail Kesslar, who works with the Cypress Hills Destination Area.
“There is no trophy, but we feel a great deal of satisfaction and pride- both for our team and Maple Creek as a whole,” said Cresswell.
“We firmly believe what is good for us is good for the whole community.”
“We have to work hard to deserve it and make sure our standards of excellence in service and food don’t slip.”
Cresswell is proud of her team and community for recieving this acknowledgement and knowing all the hard work that has been put into the cafe has been worth it, becasue it is being enjoyed.
“We are very proud of our team and know that everyone contributes to our success,” said Cresswell.
Cresswell and her husband bought, The Star Cafe, in 2006 and they opened the next year.
“The menu has evolved over time, but has always focused on fresh food prepared when you order it.”
Dan Clapson with The Food Network writes:
“The menu offers an interesting mix of dishes, from coconut tempura shrimp to curries, pastas and even prime rib.”
“The space is pretty cozy, too.”
Chef Joel Fitzpatrick, who trained in Jamie Oliver’s first Italian restaurant in England, leads our high-performing team and makes sure we hold the customer always first in our minds, said Cresswell.
She says the recognition as one of the top ten Canadian road trip restaurants is part of a larger online trend to recognize the efforts of individual businesses and entrepreneurs that may otherwise go unnoticed.
“I really want the community to know that every accolade a local business gets is a reflection of this great community we live in.”
Cresswell feels Maple Creek has a unique blend of friendliness, heritage and vision that makes it a great place to live and a good place to do business.
“Right now with the economic situation, many residents and businesses face financial uncertainty.”
“It is important for all of us to support each other. If one is strong, we are all strong.”
Cresswell is also the co-owner of the Daily Grind Cafe and has a seat on Maple Creek town council.
Read more at http://www.foodnetwork.ca/dining-out/blog/highway-hotspots-on-canadi.